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New Career and Technical Education "Perkins Act" Signed Into Law

On July 31, the president approved his first piece of major education legislation when he signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century (Perkins V) Act. This law reauthorizes for six years the federal government's main career and technical education program that provides more than $1 billion dollars annually to state and local education agencies. The Perkins Act was originally created in 1984 and is designed to help high school and community college students develop the skills necessary to fill in-demand industry jobs.

Pledging Support for Magnet Schools

In 2016, Magnet Schools of America (MSA) gave Congressman Joe Courtney its inaugural Champion of Magnet School Excellence Award. Demonstrating his continued leadership, the Congressman recently led an effort on Capitol Hill to build additional support for federal magnet school funding by circulating an appropriations request letter among his colleagues. The letter seeks the authorized funding amount for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) during the fiscal year of 2019.

Congress Takes First Step to Fund Magnet Schools for FY 2018

This week the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved their FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill. The legislation passed by a partisan vote (28-22) and includes $96.4 million in funding for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program. This is welcome news as the U.S. Department of Education completes its first five-year grant

State of New York to Promote School Diversity in ESSA Plan

With the first of two major deadlines now passed, states have begun the process of finalizing and submitting their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation plans to the U.S. Department of Education. The plans detail how individual states will address changes made to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act also formerly known as No Child

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Speaks with Magnet Educators

Making her first appearance before a public audience as the new U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos addressed magnet school leaders at Magnet Schools of America's recent National Policy Training Conference in Washington, DC.

Trump at the Head of the Class

With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, it is unclear how much the world of education will likely change. During the campaign, the president-elect made several statements about his policy preferences. He stated that "we need to fix our broken education system and keep it local." He believes the Common Core is a "very bad thing" and that the U.S. Department of Education should be streamlined, or possibly eliminated.

Supporting a Well Rounded Education

In an effort to help school districts provide students with a well rounded education that includes the humanities and arts, the U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to state and local education leaders outlining creative ways they may enhance holistic education programs by utilizing in conjunction various federal resources.The department defines humanities in the letter as history, civics, government, economics, geography, literature, art, music and other non-STEM subjects not usually found in the English/language arts curriculum.

Obama Administration Commits to School Diversity with “Stronger Together” Initiative

Addressing a crowded room of magnet school educators and supporters last week, Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King explained his personal commitment to school diversity and the importance of reducing racial isolation in schools.


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